Classes @ CWMAC

 Mindfulness Intro Workshop

Introduction to Mindfulness for Beginners, Half Day workshop 

Saturday, September 16th 2017 1pm-4pm

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness from an experienced facilitator

This lively introductory session is a fun and engaging opportunity to learn mindfulness practices and skills. Discover why so many people around the world are embracing this simple and effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention, awareness and resiliency. Become more responsive and less reactive by experiencing new ways to be present in your life.

Participants Will Learn
• Proven techniques to improve well-being and reduce stress
• How to practice mindfulness with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to help you feel more alive in everyday life
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Learn mindfulness and engage with the present moment. The workshops are recommended for those considering enrolling in our personal or professional development programs.

Fee: $80
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator: Blakie Sahay OT Reg.(Ont.)

To register: 

Mindfulness Groups

Mindfulness Helps.

The Centre for Mindfulness studies, a non-profit mental health charity specializing in evidence-based mindfulness therapies will be offering mindfulness based groups in the fall and winter at the Studio in the Chancellors Way Medical Arts Centre.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention in the present moment.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) starting Friday September 22nd from 9:30am – 12pm and running for 9 weeks.

MBCT is an evidence-based group program to prevent depression relapse and reduce anxiety. MBCT can increase awareness of ways of habitually reacting to situations in order to choose to respond in more skillful ways. Participants will learn a variety of skills and practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation CD or download). 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) starting Monday October 16 from 6pm – 8:30 pm for 9 weeks.

MBSR is an empirically supported psycho-education group for individuals experiencing stress from chronic physical and psychological conditions. The group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teachers practical skills to manage stress.  It is designed for individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain. Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation CD or download card).

Please visit our website for full details and list of facilitators. www. mindfulness studies. com(647) 524-6216,

Our programs are partially covered by OHIP and fully covered by most third-party insurance plans.

Stress Reduction

The term, ‘Relaxation Response’ was coined by Dr. Herbert Benson, professor, author, cardiologist, and founder of Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute.  The response is defined as one’s ability to encourage your body to release chemicals and brain activity that leads to muscles relaxing and and increase  in blood flow to the brain.  The Relaxation Response can be an effective treatment for a wide range of stress-related disorders.

Dr. Diaz, a family physician and general practice psychotherapist supervises the stress reduction classes at cwmac. These classes are covered by OHIP and are open to anyone referred by a family doctor or allied health professional. Come learn how to control your body response to stress. Live well and feel well!

Class registration:  TBA

Lactation (Breastfeeding)

Although 80% of women who birth intend on nursing exclusively, only about 20% are successful. Register for our information-packed Breastfeeding Education Workshops for expectant mothers and their partners. These workshops provide expectant parents with the knowledge and confidence to successfully breastfeed. Instructed by a registered maternity ward nurse, topics will include:

  • Anatomy & physiology of lactation/breastfeeding
  • Positioning & latch
  • Maternal nutrition
  • Common myths & concerns
  • Signs of milk transfer & getting enough
  • Equipment, pumps & hand expression
  • Plans for breastfeeding in hospital & at home
  • Feeding cues……and more!

Class registration TBA


Yoga is a great way to stay healthy in body and mind. Yoga is a form of movement therapy that includes breathing control, basic meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures. It is widely practiced for health and relaxation. The benefits of yoga range from increased strength and flexibility to improved sleep and cardiovacular health. Small classes of no more than 8-10 people allow our instructors to provide a highly engaging experience.

Register today in our Acu Ball Class (age 16 and up): TBA

Register for our Elder Chair Yoga Class  where you sit in a chair instead of using a matt (age 55 and up): TBA

Register for our Pre-natal Yoga Class  where you can reduce your stress and increase your flexibility during pregnancy : TBA

Register for our Mom and Baby Yoga Class  where you and you infant can be together during the class: TBA

Tai Chi

Movement therapy refers to a broad range of Eastern and Western movement approaches used to promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. At CWMAC, Tai Chi is a natural choice for our movement therapy classes. Although, Tai Chi was originally practiced as a martial art, it is often practiced for health benefits that can be enjoyed at all ages (including seniors). The physical benefits of movement therapy include greater range of movement in joints, improved balance, flexibility, and strength. You can also achieve better muscle tone and coordination, joint health, cardiovascular conditioning, stimulation of circulation, and improved respiratory health. Many people also experience relief of painful rheumatic, neurological and spinal conditions. Any one can register for classes and there is no referral from a healthcare provider required.

Registration for the general class (age 15-44): TBA

Register for the seniors class (age 55 and over): TBA

Movement Therapy

The movement therapy class takes a systematic and biomechanically based approach to the exploration and practice of healthy movement. By moving all the joints of the body through their full range of motion on a regular basis you will experience a greater ease of motion, reduce pain and stiffness, and improve your functional performance. The routines we will be practicing are easy to learn, low impact, and adaptable to all ability levels.  Come join us and learn how movement is an integral part of your overall health and wellness routine.

Registration for the general class (age 10 and up): TBA

Is there parking at the Chancellors Way Medical Arts Centre?

Yes! On-site parking is available. Rates are $1 per hour with a maximum charge of $12 per day. Payment can be made at the pay station in the main entrance of the building using either coin, VISA or MasterCard.